Radeon Vega announced, Mac gaming deals, Carpool Karaoke, Russia bans VPN, Flux coding, vintage games

AMD Radeon Vega 56, 64 officially announced, shedding more light on iMac Pro GPU — AMD has officially rolled out PCI-E versions of the Vega 56 and 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro in December, with cards seeing retail in the middle of August. AMD will ship a trio of cards based on the Vega architecture: the air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64, plus the water-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid. All three cards feature 8GB of VRAM, differing in compute units, and clockspeed.

Mac Gamer HQ has launched Mac Gaming Deals — The service is designed to “help you save money and discover gems you didn’t even know existed on the Mac.” Every Thursday, you will receive an email with 15 games, all heavily discounted (50% off minimum), all excellent games worth their full price. Sometimes there will even be offers of free games when you sign up for $4 per month (about NZ$5.33). [Wonderful! Thanks for all your work, Ric.]

Apple outs new trailer for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ in advance of August 8th debut — The minute-long video, set to Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, features clips of many of the show’s celebrity pairings, seen in shots both in and outside of their cars. Some upcoming guests include Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Will Smith, Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, and James Corden, host of The Late Late Show – from which Apple’s series is a spinoff, available to watch via Apple Music.

Russia approves VPN ban likely to kick apps out of Apple’s App Store — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law that will ban virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies enabling anonymous access to the Web, likely signalling an impending wave of removals from Apple’s regional App Store.

Flux 7 for macOS makes hand coding easier — Flux, the web design application for macOS, has been revved to version 7. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Vintage Apples: 3 videos show top games from Mac Performa series, iMac G3 and Apple Pippin — ‘applemctom’ on YouTube is fond of vintage Macs and the games that ran on them. Although these games look crude in comparison to what we’re used to now, they represent some of the best games and educational apps that ran on the Macs of a bygone era. In the three short videos posted to the link above, you can see retro gaming on the Apple Macintosh Performa series (1992 – 1997), the iMac G3 (1998), and the short-lived Apple Pippin gaming console (1996-1997).


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